Township: Mannal

Map Reference: Mannal 21

Name Type: shore

Meaning:
This could be a Gaelic construction with ScG creag ‘rock’ and the locational or diminutive suffix -ag. Allt na Creagaig, translated as 'burn of the little rock', is in Glenelg (OS1/17/12/144).
In view of its coastal location, however, this is more plausibly a Norse name in ON vík ‘bay’. The specific could again be ON kríkr, a side-form of krókr, a corner or bend, often used at boundaries (see Creachasdal above).
There is a Cragaig in Sadell, examples of Crackaig on Mull (Cregeen 1964, xvi), Jura and Golspie (SP), and a Craigavaig on South Uist (Moreland 2012, 93); while there are two examples of Krekvika and one of Krikenes in Norway (NG).

Other Forms: Cragaig - OS; OSNB, 217 'a small sandy bay situated at the south-east corner of Balemartine, significance unknown'

Tràigh Chreagaig, John Fletcher, Balemartine

Port Chreagaig, Lachlan MacFarlane, Hynish,1/1994

Related Places:

Information:'[A' Chailleach Bheur] expressed an earnest desire to drink from the well of Cragaig on the farm of Mannal.' Campbell JG 1915, The Sharp-Witted Wife (A' Chailleach Bheur) The Scottish Historical Review, 12, 414

Local Form:

Languages : Norse, Obscure

Informants: OS

Informant 2: Lachlan MacFarlane, Hynish,1/1994

Informant 3: John Fletcher, Balemartine